A Call Story

Recently published in the South Carolina Advocate, this story was edited from a longer, earlier work in progress on this very blog.  Thank you for being here and for reading this. Rev. Darlene Kelley     The Langley UMC       September 8, 2018 A Call Story   A compact park occupies the corner…Read more A Call Story

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The State of the Church: The Langley UMC

State of The Church                                                                                                      …Read more The State of the Church: The Langley UMC

Love Heals: Chapter Two

I once threw up on my front door--proud that I’d shut that door with my date on the other side--before commencing.  The cherries from the Manhattans I’d been sucking down all night created a stain, and you could still see a faint red mark in a certain light even after a coat of paint.  It’s…Read more Love Heals: Chapter Two

Part One: Love Heals

Love heals. It’s easy, and it’s difficult. And it’s a process. That’s one of the difficult demands—patience. People want to be “cured”. They desire the instant gratification of the miraculous, but real healing is a process that may take time and produce unexpected results. Some folks are stuck. They’re like hamsters on a wheel. Year…Read more Part One: Love Heals

We’re a Community Based Organization that Worships!

  Our churches are empty, and if M. Scott Peck is right and all things of significance are over-determined then there’s more than one reason for that. Mom and Dad no longer shine your patent leather shoes and take you to Sunday school while they head upstairs to listen to Rev. Bailey. It’s no longer…Read more We’re a Community Based Organization that Worships!

The Caring Hands Soup Kitchen Hour

A podcast sponsored by our wonderful friends at Leahy Funeral Home.   Steven Gottlieb is the good friend reading the copy between stories.  Hope you enjoy and donate to Caring Hands  P.O. Box 1099 Kingston, NY 12402

For Victoria

I can’t believe you aren’t here to see spring bloom, to fuss with flowerpots on your railing garden and pinch the tiny faces in your snapdragon patch.  Who will sit under the umbrella on your deck where you will sit forever in my mind, poised in your sunglasses, ready to catch the shimmer of gentle…Read more For Victoria